The Sheriff of La County has challenged LeBron James to match the $ 175,000 reward awarded for notifying the Compton gunman’s arrest.
The reward was offered on Saturday night following the ambush of two sheriff depots – one, a 31-year-old woman, the other a 24-year-old man. Both are in hospital in critical but stable condition, and large-scale maneuvers are underway for black gunmen aged 28–30.
On Monday, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, appealed to the LA Lakers basketball star – a vocal activist and supporter of Black Lives Matter – to match the prize money.
The LA Board of Supervisors offered $ 100,000, and an additional $ 75,000 was donated by two private individuals.
‘This challenge is of Lebron James. I want you to double that match and double that reward, ‘Villanueva said, speaking on KABC radio on The John Phillips Show.
LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva challenged LeBron James to match the funds on Monday
The Ohio-born basketball superstar has been outspoken in support of Black Lives Matter
James tweeted in May that black people were being ‘truly hunted’ in the United States
‘I know that you care about law enforcement. You made a very interesting statement about your relationship with race relations and the officer-on-firing and impact on the African-American community.
‘And I appreciated that. But in the same way, we should appreciate that respect for life goes to all professions. ‘
Video released by the Los Angeles Sheriff Department shows the man set fire to two depots at the Compton bus station
A gunman shot two people sitting in his patrol car on Saturday evening in Compton, La.
James, 35, is the most vocal of athletes in support of BLM.
He has often tweeted his frustration over the police firing.
‘And you wonder what we say about the police !! Someone please tell me WTF is this ??? !!! Actually another black person was being targeted, ‘James wrote.
‘this is — [sic] So wrong and so sad !! Feel so sorry for him, his family and our people !! We want justice. ‘
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James has not yet responded to the sheriff’s challenge.
‘Let’s see what he does,’ the sheriff said.
‘I’m very curious to see what his reaction is, if any.’
FOX11 obtained a photo of a female deputy who was not named, but was described as the 31-year-old mother of a six-year-old boy when he was shot in the jaw by an unknown male gunman from 7pm Saturday. first.
The picture is still from a security camera capturing the deputy calling for help as she went to her partner, a 24-year-old male who was kneeling behind a pillar, after which he was struck in the head Was also hurt.
Pictures have surfaced of the wounded LA deputy, shot in the jaw, assisting his partner
The 31-year-old mother of a six-year-old put a tourniquet in her partner’s arm
He supported her until the ambulance arrived to save them on Saturday
Officials said the deputation, who graduated from the police academy 14 months ago, each sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
Investigators are still working to determine the motive for the shooting, which he said was ‘without warning or provocation’.
The suspect was described as a black male between 28 and 30 years old.
He was wearing dark clothing at the time of the shooting and was last seen in a black four-door sedan.
Donald Trump said on Sunday that the person setting the fire should face a ‘fast trial death penalty’ if the deputies died.
Speaking at a rally in Nevada on Sunday night, he said: ‘If you kill a police officer, you should get the death penalty.’
To cheer out loud, he continued: ‘I just saw a video of the animal that went up to the car. They were careless, good people – very good people. ‘
He called the first shooter an ‘animal’, who needed to work ‘hard’ as the FBI was called in to help with the investigation.
The President tweeted: ‘If they die, fast trial death sentence for the killer. Only way to stop it! ‘
He did a retweet to his son Donald Jr., who, sharing the footage, wrote: ‘Please pray for these two sheriff depots. Their lives matter !!! #BlueLivesMatter. ‘
Joe Biden said: ‘This cold blooded shooting is incurable and the perpetrator must be brought to justice.
‘Violence of any kind is wrong; Those who do it should be caught and punished.
‘Jill and I are holding deputies and their loved ones in our hearts and praying for a full recovery.’